The Nagle girls headed to join the homeschool group at the MAC and had a terrific time. There were more girls there this time and Buttercup said she can hardly wait to head back in two weeks. As for me, I enjoyed talking to a lively bunch of women about everything from how much it costs to heat your home to the differences between public school, home schooling, and unschooling. Grown-up time is definitely a treasure when you make the decision to homeschool.
Anyway, since we didn't get home until 5:30 (we closed the place down!), dinner tonight was quesadillas and then I popped some ingredients into the bread maker to make some sandwich bread for Superman. Superman is a toast man and wants his toast in the morning...so this is how we handle it.
This is the easiest bread machine recipe ever and it makes delicious sandwich bread, hot dog buns, hamburger buns, or rolls whenever you want it. Like all my bread machine recipes, I use the dough setting on my bread machine and do the final rise in whatever pan I've chosen, rather than doing the whole thing in the bread machine. (Melissa, this part is especially for you!) Let it finish the dough cycle, pound it down, knead it a bit, and then form it into a loaf. Put the loaf into your greased loaf pan and let it rise. Bake it at 325 degrees for 25 minutes. Take it out of the pan and let it cool. That's it.
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons white sugar (sometimes I just use 1 tablespoon)
1/4 cup vegetable oil (I use canola)
3 cups bread flour
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
Put ingredients in order specified by your bread machine manufacturer. Use dough cycle and form loaf or cook on white bread setting. This bread recipe is very forgiving, so don't sweat it. Seriously, last week I forgot to put in the oil and I ended up with a denser bread...I just sliced it up and used it as grilled butter and parmesan hamburger buns. It doesn't get much more forgiving than that.
P.S. Thursday I'm making Sugar Doughnut Cupcakes...doesn't that sound amazing?